Main Halyard

Harry Forbes

Posted: 07 Jun 12 16:39
Message ID: 2207
Unfortunately during a great sail in 2365 the main halyard snapped so now we need to go about replacing and we have a few queries:
How long does the halyard need to be and which rope is best?
Any tricks for rethreading it through the mast?

Chris Biglin

Posted: 08 Jun 12 09:37
Reply ID: 6219
A lark mast is 21 feet long so 14m will make you a halyard.

It must obviously be something that won't stretch (although some "settle" a little initially) and its wise to make it a bit overlength so that you can cut bits off the top occasionally to give a new bit of rope for the cleat to grip. I lost track of the names of rope years ago so couldn't recommend anything specific. Speak to our Jane at P&B, she'll know the best stuff.

I borrowed Garry's electricians' pull through set (screw together "tent poles" with a hook on the end) at Brid and it was so brilliant that I bought one. Make sure that you pull the other halyards etc tight while you are doing it so that they stay out of the way.

Garry Packer

Posted: 11 Jun 12 11:01
Reply ID: 6221

Was only about 15 when I bought them (now 25)so may be possible to get them cheaper on ebay / amazon.

Michael John

Posted: 14 Jun 12 13:40
Reply ID: 6223
We used to climb a tree in the club car-park and then use a bit of whipping twine with the chain from the changing room plugs attached to it. Garry's kit sounds better, but ours was free.

I think I may have also given away the secret of why none of the basins at Starcross YC had plugs in the 1990s.....

Paul Roe

Posted: 17 Jun 12 08:50
Reply ID: 6227
A pair of small magnets works very well. With the boat lying on its side pulling the inner magnet and twine along the top surface of the mast guarantees there are no crossed ropes as the halyards lay in the bottom.